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Title:Nutritional Consequences of the Articulation of Capitalist and Non-Capitalist Modes of Production in Eastern Kenya
Author:Wisner, BenISNI
Periodical:Rural Africana
Geographic term:Kenya
Subjects:agricultural development
food crops
Development and Technology
Agriculture, Natural Resources and the Environment
Health and Nutrition
Abstract:This discussion of the nutritional consequences of the articulation of capitalist and non-capitalist modes of production in East Kenya begins with an overview of the nutritional situation in Kenya and a discussion of both macro and micro approaches to the definition of nutritional vulnerability. Then is attempted to introduce and define a more useful meso-level term marginality, to describe the state of heightened nutritional vulnerability arising in situations where capitalist relations of production begin to influence significantly production systems organised around non-capitalist (usually kinship-based) relations. Finally, the explanatory power of marginalization (the process leading to increasing marginality) is tested by applying such process analysis to data gathered in eastern Kenya during a period of extreme stress for livelihood systems, the drought of the early 1970s. Maps, notes, ref., tab.